Knights of Columbus bolster blood supply

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) Right now, the lab at Regional West Medical Center has 50 positive flu tests a day. As more people get sick, less people are able to donate blood which is why an event like today’s Knights of Columbus Blood drive to support West Nebraska Blood Center is so important.

Dan Warburton organizes the Gift of Life Blood drive at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Scottsbluff. The event has been going on over four years. It helps during the low season, but it is also set up in a way that creates a small but steady supply of donations.

“Every three months we have one,” said Warburton, “that’s about how often someone can re-donate. We have it set up like that, so that way we can get people on a cycle of donation.”

Every quarter-year, an average of 25 donations is sent to the West Nebraska Blood Center at Regional West. From there, it is sent wherever it is needed throughout the Panhandle, thanks to the donors at the Knights of Columbus Gift of Life Blood Drive.

Mary Skiles donated blood today. She said she and her husband donate often when the drive comes round. “They do a good job, and they are very professional here,” said Skiles, “Dan’s very good at organizing it.”

You can find out more about Knights of Columbus Timothy Molony Council #2681, on their Facebook page.Or, follow this link: http://kofcknights.org/CouncilSite/index.asp?CNO=2681

West Nebraska Blood Center is open year round, if you would like to donate blood you can find out more at this link: https://www.rwhs.org/ways-give/blood-donation